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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 77

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Third Book of Psalms (c 73 - 89)
Message: God's Help (v 1-20)

Psalms 77 Commentary

(77:1) Crying Out to God - Asaph cried out to God for courage during a time of deep distress. The source of Asaph's distress (77:4) was his doubt (77:7-9). He said, "I cried unto God" (77:1). But in (77:13-20), the I is gone. As Asaph expressed his requests to God, his focus changed from his own distress and desire for comfort to worshiping God: "Thou art the God that doest wonders" (77:14). Only when he affirmed God's holiness and power (77:13-14) did he eliminate his distress (77:11-12). As we pray to God, he shifts our focus from ourselves to him. 

(77:1-12) How Good God Has Been To Us - Memories of God's miracles and faithfulness sustained the people of Israel through their difficulties. Often, they recalled and recited them as part of worship and special ceremonies. They knew that God was capable and trustworthy. What has God done in your life, your church, or among your friends? When you meet new trials, review how good God has been to you in the past, and this will strengthen your faith now. 

(77:6-20) God's Power - These verses refer to the miraculous parting of the Red Sea. This great event is mentioned many times in the Old Testament (Exodus 14:21-22; Joshua 24:6; Nehemiah 9:9: Psal of this incredible miracle was handed down from generation to generation, continually reminding the Israelites of God's power, protection, guidance, and love. 4:13; 106:9; 136:13-15). The story this incredible miracle was handed down from generation to generation reminding the Israelites of God's power protection and love.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God's Promises

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 77. In our text today, we see a theme of being comforted through the hard times by remembering God's help in the past. In making an application, we have God's Word full of promises to recall what God has done. We have our testimony of what he has done personally for us in the past to comfort and encourage us to continue in the present. Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so we can place our faith and trust in what God did in the past. How about you? Are you facing tough times? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember what God did in the past - He will do in the future, and we have His Word on it.


Psalm 77

Psalm 77

 1I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me.

 2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted.

 3I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

 4Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

 5I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.

 6I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

 7Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

 8Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore?

 9Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

 10And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

 11I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

 12I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

 13Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

 14Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

 15Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

 16The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

 17The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

 18The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

 19Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

 20Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.